I haven’t really taken the time to go outside lately and this Earth Day I found myself really longing to be out in nature. Took a trip to one of my favorite Metroparks the Rocky River Reservation and strolled along some paths and of course took some photos. Here’s a few favorites from the afternoon. Can’t wait to spend more time in the parks as the weather improves.
While trying to plan this photo session for the past couple weeks due to bad weather – we finally had a great day for shooting in and around the museum. The forecast said rain at several different times whenever one would check but the rain held off till late afternoon and we had perfectly overcast skies and only slightly chilly weather.
This weekend’s shoot was with J, son of two friends of mine who’s wedding I shot about ten years ago today, and have done another senior shoot with their daughter a couple years ago. I also learned something new! Did you know you’re actually allowed to shoot inside the museum? As long as you’re not using flash or extra lighting, tripods, etc. Where have I been? How did I not know this? Think of the possibilities – portraits with a Warhol or Monet as a backdrop (this happened). I feel like this opened a whole new world of exciting photoshoot locations for the future. The Cleveland Museum of Art is just as beautiful as the art it holds. There are so many great locations to shoot from textured and patterned walls, sharp and curvy angles, sculptures and my absolute favorite – the slat wall upstairs in the Ames Family Atrium.
So, here’s a peek at a few photos taken at this weekends session!
And here’s a peek at one of the shots I got of mom and dad looking just as happy and in love as they did when I photographed their wedding all those years ago.
You know, I’ve resigned to the fact that getting to see The Deftone’s live just might never happen. There’s always something preventing me from finally seeing a band I heard 2 minutes of live in 1998 at Warped Tour catching the end of their set.
So, when Incubus and The Deftone’s announced they were touring together I almost lost my music loving mind. I mean… two of my favorite bands touring together? Happy Christmas, Jen! Then it happened… there wasn’t a Cleveland date. Huge sigh. The closest show was either on a night I couldn’t go or 4+ hours away. Then I saw Incubus announced a Cleveland date and I was all over it. (don’t even get me started how bummed I am The Deftone’s announced a show the next night 2 hours away). Anyway, long, whiney story later I still get to see one of my favorite bands live and it’s been since, what, 2008? Maybe.
I have a long history of trying to get a photo pass with them. I’ve tried in the past on my own (which is always almost futile) and got so close only to be denied. This year, however, I am shooting for a publication (ootb646.com) and one hour before the show I received my credentials.
woah. It’s happening. I’m finally photographing one of my favorite bands that I’ve been trying to photograph for years! I won’t lie. I made a loud, excited squeak of happiness when I found out. Anyway, just thought I’d give you the insight into the mind of a wacky concert photographer.
Please enjoy some of my favorite shots from the evening.
Click photos to see them enlarged on Flickr
I got to see my favorite band twice this summer in Ohio. Here are some of my favorite shots from both evenings. These shows had so much energy and felt so much like their earlier days when they’d play smaller venues that I found myself not taking as many photos as I would normally have. Sometimes you just need to enjoy the show. (after getting at least a few killer shots). Enjoy
(see more shots on my Flickr account. Click any photo to enlarge and view on Flickr)
I started shooting for Out Of The Blue magazine this year giving the magazine some Cleveland area coverage and covered a handful of shows for them including my debut as a show reviewer. Keep in mind writing ins’t my forte so don’t judge too harshly! I also continued to shoot a few shows for 311 including their biannual 311 Day show in New Orleans this past March. Here is a round up of my favorite shots from the year in no particular order.
Walk The Moon | Jacob’s Pavilion | Cleveland Ohio shot for OOTB Magazine read review and see more photos here. I loved how colorful and energetic their set was and getting the entire group in one shot with all of them in action, in focus is always great.
Panic! At The Disco | Jacob’s Pavilion | Cleveland Ohio shot for OOTB Magazine read review and see more photos here. Everything was gold and glamorous. I love the action and lighting in this shot and the wide angle.
Nick + Knight | Agora Theater | Cleveland Ohio shot for OOTB Magazine read review and see more photos here. I grew up with New Kids on the Block and was familiar with The Backstreet Boys and couldn’t help but be excited to see this duo live. I was pleasantly impressed with the show and got some fun shots. This is one of my favorites of the guys.
The Nick Hexum Quintet | A&R Music Bar | Columbus Ohio shot for The Nick Hexum Quintet. It’s well known that I’m a big 311 fan. Put lead singer Nick Hexum together with his super talented jazzy brother Zack and put together a band and you can bet I’ll be there. There wasn’t much for lighting but this was one of the shots I liked the best from the set.
311 | New Orleans Arena | New Orleans, Louisiana shot for 311. One of my favorite events – 311 Day – in one of my favorite cities – New Orleans. I love this photo of drummer Chad Sexton. The coloring is beautiful and getting great shots of drummers is one of my favorite things.
311 | New Orleans Arena | New Orleans, Louisiana shot for 311. This was my 5th time photographing 311’s biannual 311 Day concert and I love every minute of it. This is one of several favorite shots from the show – I love the rainbow of coloring coming through, the audience lit up, the fire.
The Aquabats | House of Blues | Cleveland Ohio shot for OOTB Magazine read review and see more photos here. The band threw little kids into the pit. Not sure if there’s a cooler thing for a band to do haha. Highly entertaining.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy | Hard Rock Rocksino | Northfield Ohio shot for OOTB Magazine read review and see more photos here. My first time shooting at the new-ish Hard Rock Rocksino and it was interesting. I love this photo, everyone standing in just the right places.
Big George Clinton + P Funk | House of Blues | Cleveland Ohio shot for OOTB Magazine read review and see more photos here. High energy show, got to shoot from back/side stage, and see a legend. Great night. It’s a simple shot but love the larger than life feeling of it.
Alice in Chains | Jacob’s Pavilion | Cleveland Ohio shot for OOTB Magazine read review and see more photos here. Never seen AIC live before but I used to be a huge fan. I was impressed with Layne Staley’s replacement William DuVall’s vocals. Didn’t realize we weren’t allowed to shoot from the pit for this show until moments before they started so I was stuck in the back of the crowd trying to see over heads. This is one of my favorite shots from the evening.
RX Bandits | Agora Ballroom | Cleveland Ohio shot for OOTB Magazine read review and see more photos here. They had these giant letters made in lighting and it was the best lighting at the show. Love how this one lit bassist Joe Troy.
So there you have it. My favorite live music shots I’ve taken this year. Looking forward to shooting more in 2015!
RX Bandit’s played the Cleveland Agora Ballroom earlier this week – Here’s some of my favorite shots. See more photos and review on Out of the Blue.
I photographed & reviewed Alice in Chains this past Monday night at Jacob’s Pavilion in Cleveland. AIC was one of my favorite bands in my mid-teen years and I’ve still always enjoyed their music – just not listen to it as much – it was amazing to see them live, albeit not the original lineup. Read what I had to say about the show and see photos at Out of the Blue Magazine here – see the photos larger in my web gallery here.
This was the first time I had to shoot from the soundboard. Having my notice of this happen shortly before the show, I didn’t have time to rent or borrow a better telephoto lens. The soundboard area also happened to be a walkway separating the general admission seats from the vip/pit area so it was full of fans trying to get a closer look at the stage, blocking the view and bumping into me or getting in front of me right as I take a shot. Live music photography is always a challenge and I love finding ways to get the best photos I can regardless the situation.
Cleveland has been going through a bit of a renaissance. Each district and neighborhood has been increasing their tourist curb appeal as well as adding more local interest, the most recent being Playhouse Square. The small tri-street area has already had a bit of a facelift when Euclid Avenue redid their entire length of street adding visual interests in the middle of the street, updated bus stations and the like… but Playhouse Square added a few extra elements to really make the area stand out.
The entrances to the three streets that comprise Playhouse Square now have these giant sign arches making sure you are well aware you are entering the dazzling new Cleveland Playhouse area. I missed the grand revealing of the new area which included spectacular fireworks, live music and a street full of people as they lit the chandelier for the first time – so I was excited to be able to make it to the area to see it at night.
The new vintage inspired stick sign makes sure you know exactly where you are. I love the coloring and the marquee letters lit up.
And the final but most spectacular addition to the square is the giant, possibly largest outdoor chandelier. I admit, when I first heard plans for this sparkly behemoth I had my doubts. Experiencing what felt like hurricane winds, horrible icy winters… I thought there was no way this could ever work. I was proven wrong my first visit on a very windy day. I noticed the crystals barely moved at all. They got this thing on lockdown, Cleveland. Just another fun and awesome looking element to make my fair city look spectacular.
It was a chilly day in Cleveland when I spent the evening checking out the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. I’ve never been there before and was excited to finally see the different gardens throughout. I definitely want to come back during the summer when more flowers are in bloom as it was mostly all green currently. They are also hosting an interesting sounding event on Wednesday nights called Summer Wednesdays. A variety of cooking and cocktail events on Wednesday nights in one of the gardens.
One of my favorite areas was the Butterfly Garden, the Japanese Garden and the greenhouses. I love photographing nature and finding beauty in the patterns and textures.
I’m always looking for a perspective that most people overlook. These butterflies were in a small stand near an exit not as noticeable as the rest of the butterfly area was. I loved how the window view of the butterflies looked so I took a cropped in photo of it. It turned out so surreal and beautiful. I may print this and hang it up somewhere.
These purple flowers stood out against all the greenery with their beautiful painterly white and purple hues.
The polkadot texture of these leaves caught my eyes instantly.
This bridge and little creak felt like they came out of a fairy tale.
Want to see some more images from the trip? Check out the gallery here. If you’d like a print of any of these images just send me a message.
One of my favorite things to do with film is take double exposures. Here are a couple of my favorites I’ve taken with my Holga and 120 film.
A flipped image of Lake Erie. Get yourself a print here
Flowers growing up a wall – get yourself a print of this image here
Multiples of a Chinese restaurant sign. Want a print of this one? get it here
Taken in flight, hand in the clouds. This would look great on your wall, get a print here
Industrial buildings in Tremont, Ohio. Get a print here
I plan to get out this weekend and take some more double exposures, I’ll definitely share the best of the best when I get them developed.
Thanks for viewing,